Pre Trial diversion
is a method used by many districts for first offenders of non violent
crimes. This is in an effort to divert certain individuals from
trials, if they are non violent offenders and to allow them to undergo
necessary and helpful treatment or require attendance of classes
to teach them and help prevent them from committing more crimes.
No method is fool proof, but a major part of the battle against
crime is won if the criminal act is prevented. The District Attorneys
office can utilize its authority
and vision to create efforts to prevent crime.
If anyone is
interested in Pre-trial diversion contact Joyce Corner at the
District Attorneys Office.
Requiring inidividuals to participate in public or community service
is another method of handling non violent offenders. This is an
effort to prevent filling our jails with non violent offenders to
allow more room for the more serious violent criminals. This is
an important step in the overall management of our criminal justice
Jury and School Board
the District Attorney is the legal counsel for the Police Jury and
the School Board. These two governing bodies are vital to the progress
of a Parish. The Police Jury is the governing body over the Parish
operations and economic development. The Avoyelles Parish School
Board, with a budget of over $40 million, is in charge of public
education in the parish.
James T. Lee,
of Bunkie, is the Civil Assistant District Attorney, assigned to
represent the majority of these bodies. He will be present at the
regularly scheduled meetings of the Police Jury and School Board.
(First Tuesday of each month). Cory Roy assists Mr. Lee in civil matters for the District Attorney's office.
are frustrated with collecting from customers who write hot checks.
The District Attorneys Office has the statutory authority
to assist those who receive checks with insufficient funds. This
is done without expense to the business. A Hot Check Coordinator
will be assigned to work with businesses in an effort to assist
them in collection of these checks. It is important to stop small
criminal acts to prevent individuals from going
on to bigger crimes. The worthless check coordinator to contact is Golda Scharpon-Sampson.